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Museum Update: Feb 28, 2024

In Today’s Update…

    • Visiting the State of Iowa
    • Gravely Experience Highlights
    • Upcoming Events


Last week, members of the Pacific Battleship Center (PBC) team had the chance to visit the State of Iowa. We hosted a joint celebration of Battleship IOWA’s 81st birthday and the inaugural presentation of the USS IOWA Lamberti Service Award, named for and presented to former board member Jeff Lamberti, whose dedication to saving our ship and helping set the organization on a path to success.

The event took place in the rotunda of the iconic Iowa capitol -adjacent to the featured 15′ foot model of Battleship IOWA – and welcomed national and state officials to share a few words about the important role the ship continues to have, and about Jeff’s commitment to service.

We are grateful for Ambassador Terry Branstad, Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg, Senator Mike Bousselot, Representative Heather Hora, Representative Adam Zabner, Jeff Lamberti and his family, and the dozens of donors  who joined us for the afternoon.

A special thanks goes to PBC board members Becky Beach, Dan Kehl, Jeff Link, and Doug Herman for helping plan this wonderful event and to the people of the state of Iowa for welcoming us so warmly!


We celebrated a lot more than the ship’s 81st birthday and the inaugural USS IOWA Lamberti Service Award on Feb. 22. We also held our annual Gravely Experience Student Luncheon.

Hosted by amazing attorney, author, podcast host, and PBC board member Tanya Acker, this year’s event featured inspiring panelists Rear Admiral Sandy Adams, USN (Retired) and rapid transformation coach Dr. Kamin Samuel, the Navy’s first female African American helicopter pilot, as well as moving messages from retired admirals Sinclair Harris and Michelle Howard.

An added element that drew surprised gasps from the 200 students representing from San Pedro High School, Narbonne High School, Synergy Quantum Academy, and Dr. Richard A. Vladovic Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy was the way we celebrate a birthday aboard the ship.

Admiral Adams drew a replica cutlass, and she and Admiral Shatynski proceeded to follow Navy tradition and cut the cake with it.

Never know what fun we have in store for next year, but next up: the announcement of our Gravely Student Essay competition goes out and in October, we award scholarship money to some deserving students!

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Memorial Day weekend is just over three months away and we’ve got big plans for it. Come join us for more fun that ever this year at LA’s premiere FREE Memorial Day event!


A classic film on a classic ship: join us Mar. 16 on the fantail for LA Harbor International Film Festival‘s presentation of Gene Kelly & Frank Sinatra in Anchors Aweigh.

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